Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Scientists develop and maintain the Soil Survey. In New Jersey, Soil Surveys provide soil descriptions, interpretations and maps for each county. Information about soil characteristics and capabilities in their county assist communities, landowners and government in land-use planning. Educators use soil surveys for soil science instruction.
The Web Soil Survey is updated and maintained online as the single authoritative source of soil survey information. This is the "official" Soil Survey. (Historical Soil Survey publications are available in PDF. These publications are for reference only.)
Help for finding the report you need from Web Soil Survey developed by NJ NRCS Soils Staff - updated December 2009
SSURGO (Soil Survey Geographic Database) spatial data and tabular data are available for download for use in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) from the Soil Data Mart. Interpretation reports can be viewed online. Soil Data Mart users who register at the website will be advised by email when updated SSURGO data becomes available.
NRCS soil scientists offer technical capabilities and services through the NRCS Service Centers. With new technologies, NRCS can collect scientific information that will increase awareness for decision making or for targeting areas where more in depth investigation should be conducted.
Correlation Documents for New Jersey Soils - These documents correlate the historical published soil survey book symbols and soil names to the current soil series names and symbols. No new map units have been added to this list since 1990. These files are in Adobe Acrobat.
National site provides information on Major Land Resource Area (MLRA) - Land Resource Regions and Major Land Resource Areas of the United States, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Basin
(% of NJ)
Glaciated Allegheny Plateau and Catskill Mountains
New England and Eastern New York Upland, Southern Part
Northern Coastal Plain
Northern Tidewater Area
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Office of Information Resources Management (OIRM), Bureau of Geographic Information Systems (BGIS) , 2007. NJDEP 2002 Land use/Land cover. Trenton, NJ.
United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2006. Land Resource Regions and Major Land Resource Areas of the United States, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Basin. U.S. Department of Agriculture Handbook 296.
NRCS Contact for National Cooperative Soil Survey in New Jersey